Molecular Marine Biologist | Travel Writer | Videographer
Project in Action:
30 Postcards Projects
Travelling 30 destinations based
on 30 chosen postcards sent to
Richberg from across the globe.
To find out more see the interview below.
“the more I learned about the project and Kevin, the more fascinated I was. this is one project everyone should support and better even join Kevin Richberg to one of these amazing locations and become the part of this fascinating story called the 30 Postcards Project!”
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Szebastian-One: Hi Kevin, first of all Happy Birthday! What a day to interview you!!!
Kevin Richberg: I try to keep my birthdays interesting, and this year I’m devoting it totally to making 30 Postcards Projects happen.
Szebastian One: That is rather fantastic way to celebrate your birthday! Hope you got the little e-greeting card from the 3S1, Inc. team.
Kevin Richberg: I did, that was sweet! Thank you!
Szebastian One: You are welcome. So before we get on to 30 Postcards Project – Who is Kevin Richberg to the people around him?
Kevin Richberg: I’m the guy in the room who desperately wants to make everyone laugh and have a good time. When I look back at high school and how introverted I was, I think it might have just been a bottle cap on pent up social energy that ended up exploding all over my friends as I grew up. I kind of have to be the life of the party, very ‘A’ type personality
Szebastian One: Who would have guessed you may have been an introvert. And if I am right you are a Molecular Marine Biologist … turned writer and videographer, quite a tangent isn’t it?
Kevin Richberg: I totally don’t regret becoming a scientist, mainly because going to undergrad at Caltech and getting the most amazing education possible made me who I am today, and still to this day my closest and dearest friends are from Tech. That having been said, I wasn’t really following my passion because frankly I didn’t know what it was back then. The first time I left the US (to go to France in my sophomore year of college) a seed was planted in me, and over time it grew and grew into a realization that TRAVEL is what I love, it’s what I’m ultimately passionate about. Being a travel writer/videographer was the natural extension of that to be in a career which would fulfill my life!
Szebastian One: Following one’s passion is the way to go about life, and I can safely assume that is how the 30 Postcards Project came about?
Kevin Richberg: It was during my last project, 30 Dates in 30 Days in 30 American cities… for some reason I like the number 30. I was listening to a radio broadcast about postcards from strangers, and it dawned on me that Postcards are such an amazing medium for people to share travel knowledge (and the medium has been around forever). So the more I mulled the idea over in my mind the more I became convinced that I wanted the World to tell me what to write and film and to do it through postcards… fast-forward a year and a half and here we are.
Szebastian One: The journey of ideas can lead to some amazing adventures in life and you are a living proof of that. Did you have any apprehensions?
Kevin Richberg: Actually, no, I was confident about the idea and that it would spark people’s interest. I also very much wanted to challenge myself with a GRAND multi-year project that would open me up to new experiences, and would be pretty much the hardest thing I’ve ever accomplished in my life. I wanted to be able to share my passion for travel and experience with as wide an audience as I could, and this platform seemed ideal… There’s only one place in the world I’m desperate to go to that couldn’t really participate in the project, and that’s Antarctica — I’ll get them next time!
Szebastian One: So we can assume 30 Postcards Project has already started its journey and celebrated the spirit and stories of a few post cards?
Kevin Richberg: Last June I left the U.S., postcards in hand to start exploring their stories in Europe — I filmed a number of pieces and met some absolutely incredible people. Then I did some filming in Asia and Australia. There’s still a long way to go to tell all these stories — get them edited and put them up for everyone to enjoy and be inspired by. There’s also Africa, South America, and the Middle East still to be explored
Szebastian One: That sounds rather exciting and memorable chain of experiences and a looks like a lot more is yet to come, we can’t wait to see the video series. Now, talking about the excitement, how are you funding this entire project?
Kevin Richberg: Initially support came in small doses from a bunch of different places that believed in supporting the concept of 30 Postcards Project. Some travel websites donated, also some boutique hotels, and businesses that were part of the postcards’ stories. I also put a sizeable amount of my savings into the project to get it started. A friend suggested Kickstarter, which is a fantastic platform for folks with creative ideas to share those ideas with a public which can give small amounts of money to pool together and make a concept happen. So I started a Kickstarter Campaign
Szebastian One: and where can one go to sign up or donate? How does it work?
Kevin Richberg: It’s really simple, Kickstarter has a great interface where you click on the 30 Postcards Page link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/267106577/the-30-postcards-project and it takes you to the introductory video, description of the project, and list of rewards for different pledge levels. If you’ve ever used Amazon.com before to buy anything it’s as easy as a few clicks — you type in how much you’d like to give, choose the reward level you want, and submit! The rewards range from postcards designed during the project to the finished project in DVD to T-Shirts and all the way up to coming along on a 7-10 day adventure with me as I film in one of the upcoming countries.
Szebastian One: Fantastic! So you are also inviting people to be part of this amazing adventure. Tell us a bit more.
Kevin Richberg: Absolutely, this is the reward on Kickstarter which I’m by far the most excited about. I have always been someone who believes travel should be shared, and this way a supporter of the project can take their hard earned vacation time and join me on the road in what is certain to be an unforgettable adventure. This way not only are the supporters helping to make 30 Postcards a reality, they get to get as close as humanly possible to these Postcards Stories by living them first hand. I’m planning on taking supporters to tell the stories of Wineries in South Africa, The Butterfly migration in Mexico, The Peaks of Tierra Del Fuego, The Culture of Morocco, The Historical Power of Israel, and several others… Don’t want to give everything away just yet!
Szebastian One: That is one amazing opportunity. Do the co-travelers get to choose where they go with you or how many places?
Kevin Richberg: Of course, they make all the choices as to how much to be involved in the day to day filming, where they would most like to travel, and when they choose to take their vacation. I’m committed to making sure they have the best time possible, which is the mantra of the entire project. Travel should be inspiring, educational, fun, adventurous, and unforgettable. I’m open to as many people getting involved as would like to — I recognize this is not for everyone, some people are more vicarious in nature, but I’m certain there are people out there who would jump at the chance.
Szebastian One: That is an opportunity one must not miss and from our end, our parent organization 3S1, Inc. is offering you full promotion on websites of all three brands we own as well as our social media channels, at no cost, throughout the life of the project! A little Birthday present from our end!
Kevin Richberg: Much appreciated!
Szebastian One: So Kevin, this is an amazing project, is there more than meets the eyes
Kevin Richberg: Well, the project comes from a simple premise, but the effects of 30 Postcards Project are pretty wide. Because I’m telling all different types of stories from around the world it not only promotes travel and cultural exploration but also some important causes that come up in the course of visiting different places. I filmed a piece on Elephants in Thailand (which are severely threatened there) which will hopefully bring a lot of attention to how travelers should support Elephant conservation while they’re over there. To give you an example of what I mean, I learned for the first time through that postcard that somewhere in the neighborhood of 80% of Elephant adventures in Thailand are out to suck money from tourists by purposely keeping the Elephants sick in order to engender sympathy from foreigners. There are several conservation organizations which are completely dedicated to the Elephants and are wonderful, but you need to know how to separate those from those trying to scam folks. I hope to be able to bring that to light in my video piece, and there-by help these amazing creatures.
Szebastian One: Serious? That is rather shocking but it is great that you are creating this awareness. We humans owe you big thanks for starting this project and speaking out for those beautiful creatures who cannot tell their true story.
Kevin Richberg: It’s actually amazing, when you do get to have a genuine Elephant experience, which I was blessed to have for a day in Chiang Mai, you realize they actually can speak to you… in their own way.
Szebastian One: well said, and people like you make their voices heard to those who have turned deaf or are ignorant. Great job!
Kevin, I am sure our audience will follow your story as you will be updating us while on your journey. In the meantime if anyone wants to send more postcards, where can they do so?
Kevin Richberg: Absolutely, the journey is available at The 30 Postcards Project (www.30postcards.com) and postcards mailed from anywhere in the world are most welcome, they’re what this project is built on. So folks can mail them to Kevin Richberg P.O. Box 83 Memphis, NY 13112 USA – I look forward to hearing from everyone! People can also follow my activities on my Facebook or can follow me on Twitter.
Szebastian One: awesome! It has been amazing talking to you Kevin. Before we sign off, is there a message you have for our audience and today’s youth who may be interested in a project like yours?
Kevin Richberg: Make sure you follow your passions wherever they lead. The best thing I did in life was to have faith and take that leap to do what I love. Be yourself, live your dreams, and everyday you’ll wake up with a powerful energy that makes life so amazing!
Szebastian One: Indeed! Well thank you Kevin for your time and sharing this fantastic story and we look forward to your constant updates as they happen! Once again a very happy birthday to you!
Kevin Richberg: Thanks a lot for helping me share these stories!
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